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Mark Carreau

Mark Carreau
Space Correspondent,
Aviation Week & Space Technology

Mark is based in Houston, where he has written on aerospace for more than 25 years. While at the Houston Chronicle, he was recognized by the Rotary National Award for Space Achievement Foundation in 2006 for his professional contributions to the public understanding of America's space program through news reporting. He has written on U. S. space policy as well as NASA's human and space science initiatives.

Mark was recognized by the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors and Headliners Foundation as well as the Chronicle in 2004 for news coverage of the shuttle Columbia tragedy and its aftermath.

He is a graduate of the University of Kansas and holds a Master's degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from Kansas State University.

NASA Eager To Share Low Earth Orbit  1
As it seeks to steer a transition in oversight of research and development on the International Space Station and other low Earth orbit activities to the U.S. private sector, NASA is committed to avoiding a repeat of the decision to retire the space shuttle fleet without a still-absent capability to launch its own astronauts,
NASA’s LRO Begins Search For Silent Chandrayaan-2 Lander 
Shadows covered much of the landing site and the lander may not be in the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter's field of view, NASA says.
Bridenstine: U.S. Should Lead Search For Extraterrestrial Life  4
Seeking to raise the bar for achievements in space, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine wants the U.S. to lead the team that someday discovers extraterrestrial life.
Smallsat To Test NASA’s Lunar Gateway Strategy 
Under a $13.7 million contract with Advanced Space of Boulder, Colorado, the 6U small Capstone satellite could be ready to launch as soon as December 2020.
India Clings To Hope For Silent Lunar Lander  1
ISRO is trying to salvage its first soft lunar landing attempt.
NASA’s Texas Economic Impact Impressive, Comptroller Says 
NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) has a $4.7 billion annual impact on the overall Texas economy and supports more than 52,000 government and private sector jobs, according to a first-ever statewide assessment by Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar.
Apollo Vet Lobbies For Lunar Field Geology Focus 
To be sure an emphasis on lunar field geology is not overlooked as NASA races to return astronauts to the lunar surface by 2024, NASA is being called on to set a high bar for training in the discipline for its future lunar and Mars astronauts.
Imagery Reveals Silent Chandrayaan-2 Landed Hard 
Efforts by the Indian Space Research Organization to re-establish comms with the Chandrayaan-2 Vikram lunar lander continued Sept. 9, a day after imagery revealed Vikram had landed in one piece but hard.
Imagery Reveals Silent Chandrayaan-2 Landed Hard 
Efforts by the Indian Space Research Organization to re-establish comms with the Chandrayaan-2 Vikram lunar lander continued Sept. 9, a day after imagery revealed Vikram had landed in one piece but hard.
NASA-Backed Research Seeks Better Carbon Fiber Composites 
Worchester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) is developing a an algorithm to eliminate imperfections in carbon fiber composites for materials used in the production of propellant tanks and other spacecraft components.
Contact Lost with India’s Chandrayaan-2 Moon Lander 

Communications between the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and the Chandrayaan-2 Vikram lander were lost moments before a scheduled landing at the Moon’s south pole Sept. 6 U.S. time, during the braking phase with the spacecraft and its Pragyan rover about 2.1 km above the lunar surface.

The autonomous descent, which got under way at 4:08 p.m. EDT, was considered to be going as planned until that point. The loss of signal was reported by the ISRO control center at Istrac, Bengaluru at 4:24 p.m. EDT.

Soyuz MS-14 Departs ISS After 11-Day Test Flight 
Russia’s unpiloted Soyuz MS-14 test spacecraft departed the International Space Station on Sept. 6, headed for re-entry and a parachute-assisted landing in south central Kazakhstan.
NASA To Evaluate Space Weather Mission Candidates 
Each concept is being funded for a nine-month, $400,000 evaluation. After that the agency will select one of the concepts for a mission capped at $55 million.
Small Missions Could Pay Big Dividends For Mars Exploration 
NASA's human exploration and science mission directorates are assessing a range of small-mission strategies to help prepare it for Mars at a brisker pace with high-value science missions at more affordable costs.
Florida’s Space Coast Braces For Dorian 
Tropical Storm Dorian is expected to become a Category 3 hurricane by late Aug. 30 and keep strengthening as it moves toward Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral.

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